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The American Classical Orchestra is "devoted to preserving and performing the repertoire of 17th- to 19th- century composers, playing the works on original or reproduced period instruments. The musicians use historic performance practice techniques and pass these skills down to future generations through concert performances and educational programs." In recognition of this work, the ACO has been awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts. Originally founded in 1985 by music director Thomas Crawford as the Orchestra of the Old Fairfield Academy (CT), in 1999 the orchestra's name was changed to American Classical Orchestra.
The orchestra has garnered both critical and popular recognition through its concert appearances, including those on the Lincoln Center Great Performers Series and at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it performed a musical program in collaboration
with an exhibition entitled "Art and the Empire City: New York, 1825-1861."
Among the works recorded by the ACO are the complete wind concerti by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which feature its principal players as soloists, and Mozart's Symphony No. 14, K. 144 and Piano Concerti, K. 107, Volume II, with fortepianist Malcolm Bilson. A recording of baroque oboe concerti with oboist Marc Schachman was released on the Centaur label this spring.
In addition to Mr. Bilson, among the instrumental soloists who have collaborated with the American Classical Orchestra are fortepianist Robert Levin, violinist Stephanie Chase, flutist Sandra Miller, violist David Miller, hornist R. J. Kelley, and oboist Marc Schachman. In September 2009, Vladimir Feltsman performed Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 27 as fortepiano soloist with the orchestra in a concert presented at Lincoln Center.

ACO performing at the New York Yacht Club
David Miller
David Miller, ACO Principal Viola, playing his 1687 Mattheus Albani instrument.
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